This 2nd book following directly on from the celebtations in the first is absolutely superb. Julia has again created a gripping story that is far more meaty than the first and gripping to the very end but with old characters taken further down the lane. In this book we learn far more about the local area, its inhabitants and the twisting roads and precipices in the area. I feel very fond of all the characters now and in particular the ghost who is an unusual character that cares deeply for his village and the people in it and who will do whatever he can to make sure all are safe and happy.
The newcomer to the village - a boy that spent his summers there - appears one day from paris - totally unannounced adn unexpected and mayhem [of a village nature] is the result with many changes developing in the narrative.
The commune of Fogas is deeply in my heart and I look forward to reading the next episode of village life. Plus learned loads in this book as I now know which wine to look out for, what the superb handmade knives are called and what they are used for and far more about French succession laws too! Looking forward to popping into the auberge, the epicerie and bar again very soon. Great stuff. Good read Julia - keep it up and looking forward to reading the next one.